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Human rights – together with development and security – are the cornerstones of the United Nations. Development and security are inconceivable without respect for human rights, which is why Slovenia makes every effort to bind human rights to these two areas within the UN, EU and NATO. Slovenia is particularly active in the areas of children's rights, gender equality and women's empowerment.


Human rights, especially the rights of women and children, have a special place in Slovenia's international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance, and are included in the legislation and strategic documents governing this field. Slovenia makes every effort to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda is based on a human rights approach. In the drafting of this new development agenda, Slovenia is also striving to achieve gender equality and protection and the empowerment of the most vulnerable groups, such as children and the elderly.


With regard to security policy in 2015, Slovenia strongly advocates the inclusion of human rights, gender equality and the protection of women and children in reviews carried out within the UN, i.e. reviews of peacekeeping operations and security architecture. For many years, it has participated in UN Security Council open debates on children and armed conflict, and on women, peace and security, and has often initiated discussions on these topics in other open debates. Slovenia is actively engaged in this area in the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU and also within NATO in recent years.